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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The campus is small, but I honestly love it. I'm a nerd, so I spend a bunch of time in the library doing my reading assignments and writing papers. I think it's a great space to study and get work done. The top and bottom floors are strictly quiet floors, so if you really need to concentrate, you have no need to worry about noisy chatterboxes!

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: People are not as cliquey here as other schools. Most people are accepting and have friends who are involved in a variety of things on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Plenty of campus activities and clubs happening all the time. Most people are involved in a lot of stuff that keeps them busy.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Allegheny is a small school therefore they can give a lot of attention to the individual student.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: It's hard not to find your niche here. There are an overwhelming number of clubs. Popular places to hang out in Grounds for Change, the student-run coffee shop, the campus center and dining halls, as well as the lobbies of all of the dormitories.

The big event on campus is Springfest, which is technically a weekend of fun college-sponsored events, but it's really just an excuse to go house-party hopping and get hammered. Almost all of the non college-owned houses participate with their own themes. It's amazing.


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The Vukovich Center for Communication Arts boasts a brand-new stage, plenty of space for set design and costuming, a state-of-the-art TV studio, and video editing labs for budding filmmakers. Like the Vukovich Center, both the Campus Center and the Wise Center are quite new. Serving as the hub of campus, the Campus Center holds the school post office, bookstore, McKinley’s, student organization offices, and game room. The Wise Center is the place to work out on campus, with basketball courts, volleyball courts, racquetball courts, a swimming pool, a weight room, and a second-story track that overlooks the basketball courts below. Yet, in contrast to these new buildings, on the other side of campus Bentley Hall stands tall with its traditional Federalist architecture, dazzingly maintained since the early 1800s. This dichotomy of new and old defines the campus facilities. Allegheny keeps its old buildings intact to showcase how long the College has really been around (though not every building is as well-kept as Bentley).

One thing Allegheny loves is a glass wall to let the sunlight in. Some of the academic buildings have new, warm spaces with plenty of natural light in which students can study. Other buildings are a bit outdated, but the school always has plans in the works to make renovations for both aesthetic and sustainability purposes. The administration is always hungry for a reputation as "the greenest college in America." Their efforts to make each building more environmentally friendly often conflict with the architecture from more than a century ago, when people did not consider LEED certification when constructing a facility.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
560 acres
Student Centers
Henderson Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Pelletier Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Campus Center
  • Grounds for Change
  • McKinley's
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Grounds for Change
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but sometimes GAP (Gator Activities Programming) or other organizations show movies in Shafer Auditorium.
"Green" Initiatives
Recent "green" initiatives include rain gardens, environmental community art, a comprehensive composting program, a green roof, LEED-certified construction, geo-exchange heating and cooling, porous parking lots, and a campus-wide energy challenge. Allegheny also has a Sustainability House on campus.
School Slang
  • The "Coffee House": Grounds for Change
  • ARGO: Allegheny Role-playing and Gaming Organization
  • ASG: Allegheny Student Government
  • Brooks Walk: The sidewalk that leads up to Brooks Hall
  • FS: Freshman Seminar, a required class that is supposed to prepare you for college academics
  • GFC: Stands for Grounds for Change, the campus coffee shop/café; popular place for studying, poetry slams, and small concerts
  • Munch: A part of the meal plan that's basically used like cash
  • Senior Circle: Where the glass sculptures are by the Campus Center
  • Senior Comp: A semester-long project completed by seniors, required in order to graduate
  • 13th Plank: There is a little bridge in the middle of campus. Tradition says that if an upperclassman kisses a freshman girl on the 13th Plank, she cannot date anyone but upperclassmen from then on. Every year, the freshmen take the plank away.
  • Burning of the Comps: During senior week, the seniors get together to burn their comps as a sign that they are free from all of the work.
  • Fall Break: Allegheny doesn't celebrate any national holiday. Classes are never canceled for something like Presidents' Day or Columbus Day, and all the snow never cancels classes, either. The only break in classes (besides spring break and winter break) is fall break, which falls on no holiday whatsoever and is only a long weekend.
  • Hut-a-thon: Habitat for Humanity builds a hut on North Main Street every year and camps out there for a weekend to raise money and awareness about homelessness.
  • SAMS: Every year there is a dance competition to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Senior Week: The week between the end of finals and graduation is known as Senior Week, and it includes a bar tour, a casino night, and many other activities.
  • Springfest: Right around spring break, the school gets bands and comedians to come to campus (although it's usually more of an excuse to get drunk than anything else).
  • Wingfest: Every year, the school buys a bunch of wings from Quaker Steak and Lube and students get to eat for free. There is live music and everybody hangs out on Brooks Lawn.
Urban Legends
  • According to legend, alum William McKinley coaxed a cow up three flights of stairs into Bentley's bell tower. While cows can go up stairs, they have trouble going down them. Apparently, the cow needed to be brought down "one steak at a time."
  • Brooks Hall is haunted.
  • Caflisch Memorial Hall is haunted.
  • Oddfellows is haunted.
Favorite Things To Do
On campus, students love to attend Centerstage events or movies in Shafer Auditorium. The school and student organizations also bring guest speakers, poets, artists, dancers, musicians, comedians, and even magicians to campus. Sometimes local or college bands play in Grounds for Change, too.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Campus
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Most students are involved in at least one organization on campus. The community service organizations are especially popular.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
Allegheny College has more than 100 student-run organizations.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 55 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 15 responses

  • 24% Springfest
  • 18% Wingfest
  • 15% SAMS
  • 9% 13th Plank
  • 9% Greek Week
  • 7% Burning of the Comps
  • 7% Fall Break
  • 5% Senior Week
  • 4% Bid Day
  • 2% Run Out
  • 0% Hut-a-thon

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 45% Attend meeting with free food
  • 30% Attend the late night events on Fridays
  • 10% Attend Greek Life events
  • 10% Attend GFC Open Mic Nights and concerts
  • 5% Sports

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 62% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 38% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 51 responses

  • 25% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 59% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 10% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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